All of the people in my immediate family have red hair. We love it, but with it comes very sensitive skin. Especially on the kiddos.
This winter has been particularly bad for poor Mazie, whose hands have been so red and dry! Store-bought lotions burn for her, so we have been making our own!
I started this experiment with lotion bars back in June.
These use about 50% beeswax and 50% oil.
8oz sweet almond, coconut, emu, (etc. – whatever you like)
I made some unscented for the kids, and also added some essential oils in a few. I put in a few drops of ginger and clove in one batch (root chakra!) and in the other I put in some Egyptian Musk.
Melt together in a double boiler and pout into molds. These can store in the freezer after they solidify to keep fresh.
These are great bars for after the shower, or to keep in a drawer at the office – they last forever.
For winter, I decided to try making body butter.
4 oz cocoa butter
3.5 oz coconut oil
.5 oz emu oil (this is not vegan!)
A few drops of various essential oils like rose hip and lavender
Melt in double boiler, chill 1 hour, whip.
I made two batches, one alone and one with the kids. The one with the kids is much softer — I let them put in their own oils, and they are very generous.
This has been a really fun experiment, and so much better for us than commercial lotions.
ETA: My sister just posted her recipe for DIY Cocoa-Rose Lotion Bars. These look SO yumy for the skin! One of my go-to resources is Crunchy Betty – if you are into making your own cosmetics and other DIY stuff, it’s worth a read!